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HP Spectre 13 review: The ultraportable king


The fastest and slimmest ultraportable money can buy, the HP Spectre 13 is a class act

The HP Spectre 13 is both ultra thin and light, which will make you forget that you're carrying it around. It looks the part, with intricate details, from HP's minimalistic logo to the hinges; but can it hold up against the current super-slim laptops?

This is HP's golden boy, almost literally, as the 2016 Spectre 13 looks positively gorgeous with classy shiny gold detailing on the hinge and back edge of the 13in laptop. Everything about the design is perfect, with not a single flaw to be found. The carbon fibre and aluminium chassis is reassuringly sturdy, and barely flex more than a single millimetre when put under pressure.

Obviously, it’s stunningly slim, at a mere 10.4mm it's more than a shade thinner than the 2016 MacBook yet weighing 1.1Kg, it's just a tad heavier. With its 13in display, the Spectre does have a relatively sizeable footprint when compared to other top ultraportables, but then you get the benefit or that slightly larger display, so it's well worth it.

Unsurprisingly, the stunning looks don’t come cheap, with prices starting from £1,150 with a dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of RAM. Upgrade the i5 to a faster 2.5GHz i7-6500U processor, which is the model I reviewed, and you’ll have to fork out over £1,300 for it.

HP Spectre 13 power